Mastro April 2006
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In the annals of sport, no coupling has ever combined athletic prowess, rapport with teammates and fans, alike, and absolute dominance in their field as did Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig through the entirety of their ten full seasons together in the Bronx. Polar opposites in regard to personality, both were deemed downright fearsome by opposing pitchers. The offered OAL dual-signed baseball mirrors the respective personas of the Hall of Fame sluggers. Ruth, of course, commanded attention (and got it) with his all-or-nothing swing, embracing manner and sizable frame. In comparison, the painfully shy Gehrig stood forever in the Ruth's shadow—despite logging equal or better offensive statistics year-in and year-out. The presented prize hails from the 1926-1933 manufacturing period—which comprised the bulk of the pair's tenure as Yankee mates. The very nature and locations of their signatures is quite symbolic of their places in the hearts of fans past and present. In black ink, Ruth's magnificent scripting graces the sweet spot, with its looping characters and sizable nature combining to resonate a strength of "9-10." On an adjacent panel with decidedly more humility, Gehrig's flowing, black-ink scripting has been elegantly executed at a strength that measures "7-8," with its smooth, legible characters looking slightly faded in comparison to those on the Babe's autograph—as if his scripting was a mere afterthought with that of Ruth already present. The medium-toned sphere boasts vibrant stampings and alternating red and blue laces. There is a thin coat of shellac, whose application gathered slightly more about the laces, but is uniform elsewhere. There are a few tiny surface abrasions, one of which lies just below Gehrig's signature—but affects the lower portion of the "G" only minimally. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA and LOA from James Spence Authentication.
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Ball
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